Renee Zellweger Is Not Here for Your Nosy Questions About Having Kids, So Back Off

Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger shooting Bridget Jones

Whether or not you're a fan of the Bridget Jones franchise, it's hard to deny its feminism -- in the first two movies, definitely, and, from what I can tell so far, the third as well. But while Bridget Jones is just a fictional character, it's getting clearer that her actress, Renee Zellweger, embodies many of the traits that make Bridget so Bridget -- including the feminist thing. For example: When the 47-year-old actress was interviewed by Extra during promotion for Bridget Jones's Baby, Renee was obviously asked about her "baby cravings" (because, duh, that's all women of a certain age need in life to make them feel happy and complete), and her response was exactly what the old Bridget would have said ... so, perfect. 


Of course, the question didn't shock anyone (though maybe it should have ...), but her flawless response was the stuff of legends. The interviewer asked her if a baby was something she wanted in her own life, and she said: 

I've never really thought like that about anything in my life, really. I've always been kind of open to whatever may be, curious to see what's next. I've never been that deliberate about my life and the things that I would require in order to be happy.

... Because feminists can have 10 kids or can have 0 kids, as long as they have the power to make that choice themselves, independent from society's dumb pressures.

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Sure, this may not seem like a big deal, and it may not have even been her intention for it to be a big deal, but it is. She spoke to the soul of every woman who's already prepping for a holiday season filled with sexist and intrusive interrogations about their reproductive organs (whether they already have kids or not) -- questions that have the underlying implication that the greatest accomplishment a woman has to offer is her fertilized eggs.

Even as a teenager it irked the hell out of me to hear people planning a future with kids, because it was never something I wanted when I was younger. I'm more open to the idea of children now, but Renee's answer still spoke to me a great deal -- especially to the me who knows what it's like to face people who insist you have kids, whether they're doing it intentionally or not. 

In this particular interview, I couldn't help but feel like Renee Zellweger was our real-life Bridget Jones -- a charming, if flawed, character who probably embodies more women than any of us care to admit. They both challenge society's expectations, and we love that.

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As Rene described Bridget to Extra:

She triumphs over her imperfections ... She makes it okay to be imperfect ... She makes it okay to be human at a time when we feel probably that there's a lot of social pressure to be a certain way, to look a certain way, to have established certain things in your life by a certain phase in your life experience. She's sort of challenging those notions.

Society wants perfection from each one of us, but we just want to live like Bridget Renee and live each imperfect moment as it comes. Maybe that means never bringing a child into this earth ... but maybe it doesn't. 


Image via KP Pictures/Splash News

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